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Published: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:18:27 -0500

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Advancing Diplomatic Engagement with Religious Peacemakers

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:00:03 -0500

Joyce S. Dubensky and Azza Karam discuss the role of peacemakers in conflict resolution.


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Bolstering the UN Human Rights Council’s Effectiveness

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:27:44 -0500

U.S. leadership in the UNHRC can advance U.S. interests and lessen anti-Israel bias while supporting measures to avert and de-escalate human rights crises.


End-Times for Liberal Democracy?

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:10:59 -0500

The world has just experienced a watershed year for populist politics, with antiestablishment challengers winning elections and illiberal regimes modeling an alternative, says expert Yascha Mounk.


The Crisis Manager’s Cheat Sheet for 2017

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:45:12 -0500

It’s time to start setting priorities for the coming year of war and conflict, states Micah Zenko. 


Human Rights and Duterte’s War on Drugs

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:56:29 -0500

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings, raising human rights concerns, says expert John Gershman in this interview.


What Are Turkey and Russia Doing in Syria?

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 12:24:21 -0500

CFR's Steven Cook meets with Cathy Gilsinan of The Atlantic to provide some background on the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara.


'Responsibility to Protect?' Empty Words After Aleppo

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:54:12 -0500

"The duty to prevent and halt genocide and mass atrocities lies first and foremost with the State, but the international community has a role that cannot be blocked by the invocation of sovereignty."

The United Nations said that in 2005 about its "responsibility to protect." It's the concept that "if a State is manifestly failing to protect its populations, the international community must be prepared to take collective action to protect populations."

And here is what UN officials said this week when describing what is happening in Syria: "A complete meltdown of humanity in Aleppo."


Assad Victory Won't Stabilize Middle East

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:49:42 -0500

The Middle East will not find peace so long as President Bashar al-Assad rules over a truncated Syria, writes CFR’s Ray Takeyh. Assad’s victory over the rebels in Aleppo will not result in stability for the rest of the country or the region.


U.S.-Israel Relations

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:00:27 -0500

Robert D. Blackwill and Philip H. Gordon discuss what the U.S. and Israeli governments can do to reframe and revive the countries’ relationship.


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How to Support Democracy in the Arab World

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:32:26 -0500

The Arab world's stirring for political change in 2011 failed dramatically, but support for building democratic institutions still represents one of the region's best hopes for reform, writes CFR's Elliott Abrams.


CFR Survey Ranks Russia-NATO Confrontation and North Korea Crisis Among Top Potential Conflicts in 2017

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 06:30:49 -0500

A serious military confrontation between Russia and a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member state or a severe crisis in North Korea are among top international concerns for 2017 cited by a new survey of experts. The Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) ninth annual Preventive Priorities Survey identified seven top potential flashpoints for the United States in the year ahead.


Global Conflicts to Watch in 2017

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:07:58 -0500

The greatest unknown for U.S. interests in the world might be the United States itself, writes Uri Friedman at the Atlantic.


Confronting the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Putting Faith in Humanitarian Aid

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:01:20 -0500

Experts discuss the role faith-based organizations have taken during the refugee crisis and the challenges of aiding and resettling refugees in the United States and abroad.


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Preventive Priorities Survey: 2017

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:13:15 -0500

The Center for Preventive Action's annual Preventive Priorities Survey (PPS) evaluates ongoing and potential conflicts based on their likelihood of occurring in the coming year and their impact on U.S. interests. The PPS aims to help the U.S. policymaking community prioritize competing conflict prevention and mitigation demands.

View the accompanying online interactive: CPA's Global Conflict Tracker


How Trump Can Avoid His Predecessors’ Iran Mistakes

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:06:09 -0500

There are important lessons for the incoming Trump administration on Iran they can learn from their predecessors, argues CFR’s Ray Takeyh. They should recognize that the Islamic Republic is a unitary nation-state purged of reformers, that it is susceptible to a threat of force, and that Iran is not interested in normalizing relations with the United States.


Countering Violent Extremism by Engaging Women

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:03:33 -0500

This session addresses strategies to counter  violent extremism by capitalizing on the contributions of women.


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Securing Peace by Addressing Conflict-related Sexual Violence

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:01:19 -0500

This session examines the devastating use of sexual violence against civilians by armed factions and extremist groups.


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Race, Religion, and Partisanship in the United States

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:30:37 -0500

Robert P. Jones discusses race, religion, and partisanship in the United States in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.


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Partition Presents the Best Hope for Peace in Syria

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:29:34 -0400

Partitioning Syria under a weak federal structure with a massive Western force to enforce a power-sharing agreement is the only real option the United States and its allies has for solving the Syrian conflict, writes CFR’s Ray Takeyh.


A Conversation With Ai Weiwei

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:08:31 -0400

Famous Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei discusses art, politics, human rights, and China's future.


At the U.N., Another Obama Kowtow to the Castro Regime

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:04:37 -0400

For the first time ever, the United States abstained in the annual United Nations General Assembly vote to condemn the U.S. embargo of Cuba. The vote was bad enough; the explanation of vote offered by our envoy at the UN was in many ways even worse. Elliott Abrams explains the problem in National Review.


Combating Extremism and Islamophobia in the United States

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:00:46 -0400

Daisy Khan discusses community efforts to combat extremism and Islamophobia in the United States.


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Managing the Saudi-Iran Rivalry

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:39:49 -0400

The growing rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran will likely shape the Middle East for many years, and possibly even decades, to come


How Women’s Participation in Conflict Prevention and Resolution Advances U.S. Interests

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:28:42 -0400

A growing body of research suggests that standard peace and security processes routinely overlook a critical strategy that could reduce conflict and advance stability: the inclusion of women. 


A New Approach to Thailand's Insurgency

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:08:18 -0400

Southern Thailand has faced a brutal insurgency since 2001. Today, there is a chance the insurgency will be infiltrated by ISIS, which has recruited over one thousand Southeast Asians.


The Perplexing Problems of Solving Syria

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:00:39 -0400

The assumptions held by those advocating military action in Syria are weak, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. Military punitive measures are not likely to make Russia, Iran, the Syrian regime, or militant forces back down from their current stances, either on the battlefield or in negotiations.


Must Reads of the Week: Malaise in China, Intrigue in Turkey, and More

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:22:15 -0400

What Editors are reading the week of October 10–14, 2016.


Colombia's Failed Peace Deal

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:54:25 -0400

Experts discuss Colombia’s failed peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and its implications for the country’s future.


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There’s a Way Obama’s White House Can Save Syrian Lives, There’s Just No Will

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:26:28 -0400

While increased U.S. military action in Syria may be favored by numerous policymakers, the Obama administration remains unwilling to sanction further intervention. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon writes that “The Obama White House has long argued that it was elected to end wars in the Middle East, not to escalate them…” but meanwhile, Aleppo remains “full of carnage and bunker-busting munitions with rockets falling on children and no hope of escape for anyone.”


Aleppo: Where Children Die, but the World Does Nothing

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:14:12 -0400

Many experts and policymakers had predicted the humanitarian catastrophe that is underway in Aleppo, but no one is willing to intervene. “There is nothing either timely or decisive about the world’s approach to Syria, which has become the theater in which global and regional actors pursue their own goals,” writes Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.